Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed every year on November 20th, to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. CUSU is committed to providing a platform for Trans people and their lived experiences and will continue to campaign against the physical and verbal abuse, prejudice and discrimination faced by our Transgender communities. You can learn more about Transgender Day of Remembrance by clicking here.
Max, your Welfare and Inclusion Rep for Marketing & Management, discusses what Transgender Day of Remembrance means for them this year;
'Trans Day of Remembrance seems to be much harder this year than it has been in years past. As a transgender non binary person, and also now as a Welfare and Inclusion Rep, remembering the people my community has lost to hatred is painful, shocking and scary, but so necessary and also a bittersweet way to come together with my community. This year has been full of hate and vitriol, celebrities deciding that transgender people’s rights as humans don’t fit in with their worldviews and over 350 reported murders of trans people simply for being trans. I hope that in my new role with CUSU I can help to make Coventry University a safe and comfortable space for fellow trans and non binary students in a world that is getting less tolerant by the day. TDoR is a reminder that we still have work to do, but that our community is strong, caring and beautiful. To the people we have lost this year and in all the years past: Rest in Power.' Max Shenton, Welfare and Inclusion Rep.
Reporting Hate Crime
It’s not OK to be targeted because of who you, your family or your friends are. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence. Remember, there are people you can contact for help, and report hate crime you or someone you know has experienced.
- If there is ever an emergency and/or you feel as though you are in danger on campus or in University owned halls, contact the University’s Protection Service on 024 7765 8555 (or 5555 on internal phones).
- Police: If you feel like you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999 immediately. If you would like to report an incident to the police after it has happened or for non-emergencies contact the police by phone on 101, or via their new live chat service (available 8am - midnight each day). If you don’t want to report the incident yourself, you can ask someone else to phone the police on your behalf such as a friend or relative.
- True Vision: True Vision has been developed so that you can report hate crimes online. You can use their online form to report to your local police, or report online hate material.
- Coventry University Harassment Report: If you have experienced or witnessed harassment/hate incident(s), you can make a report (see below) to Coventry University. The university encourages reports of harassment/hate incident(s) that may, or may not, be a crime and you can report anonymously if you wish to, and you can also request to speak with an advisor about the incident. Fill in the online form here.
- Switchboard: The LGBT+ Helpline. A safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional wellbeing. Call 0300 330 0630 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Beaumont Society: A national trans support network offering emotional support via a weekly helpline, as well as general information and support groups. Call: 01582 412220 (open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
- Trans Unite: Trans Unite allows members of the transgender & non binary communities to find a support group local to them (or even online)
- Stop Hate UK: Stop Hate provide support and information to people affected by all forms of Hate Crime in locations across the UK, including support on specific types of hate crime such as LGBT+ and Disability Hate Crime. They have video relay for BSL interpreters too. You can call their 24 hour Helpline on 0800 138 1625.
- SHOUT 85258: Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous mental health text support service that you can access 24/7. To start a conversation, text the word 'SHOUT' to 85258.
- University Counselling & Mental Health Service: You may wish to speak with the Counselling and Mental Health team at the university to seek support. You can call them on 024 7765 8029 or email: email@example.com.